Workforce Overview

When it comes to human capital, Perry County has long been recognized for having and attracting highly skilled, productive, and hardworking employees at wage rates competitive with the rest of the U.S.

While the majority of the employees in Perry County live in the community, the region’s excellent labor force also commutes to work here from 8 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois.

For more than 20 years, Perry County has consistently enjoyed lower unemployment rates than the rest of Missouri and the U.S. This is a testament to the success of area businesses and demand for the skills and productivity inherent in the community’s labor force.
June 2014 Workforce Overview
Employment Category
Perry County Cape Girardeau MSA (MO) Missouri
Total Labor Force 11,467 47,800 3,077,205
Total Employment 10,866 44,535 2,874,383
Total Unemployment 601 3,265 202,912
Unemployment Rate 5.2% 6.8% 6.6%